The cloud offers huge opportunities
Technically speaking, the cloud is the virtualization of hardware and network infrastructure and has the goal to supply users with software and services hosted at redundant datacenters. It is a big market with high growth rates and will evolve.
There are several cloud operating systems (OS) on the market, mainly as commercial distributions, which are not specialized in cloud computing and security. Most of them derive from standard Linux kernels.
But operating systems are prone to be attacked
The design of these operating systems is based on huge distributions, which carry along a lot of unnecessary and outdated software. In connection with Internet usage, this opens the doors to attackers and malicious threats. Due to the concept of an underlying operating system, which has always to be run as the system’s foundation, this is the Achilles heel of these systems: If a hacker can take over the underlying OS, he would be highly able to compromise the guest OSs above as well.
Furthermore, the commercial packages are no fast followers of the newest internet and technology trends, but bound to tight company’s strategy.
Therefore we will create an open source Linux cloud OS
Linux has been proven for high security and availability, but has to be hardened and optimized for its proper usage. So it is time for a new Linux distribution, which is open source and dedicated to cloud computing only. And it is time to discard the burden of old technology and workarounds to accelerate processes with a newly designed OS.
By reducing the amount of packages from tens of thousands to numbers below 500, it would be easier, faster and more secure than any cloud OS available today.
The well known and accepted open source mechanisms allow it to be freely distributed. For commercial customers, the wide basis of independent installations ensures the production grade and quality.
On top of the OS which we identified as the first milestone in cloud evolution , there could be many services (e.g. free / commercial).